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    32 Things You Need If You Want To Start Taking Workouts More Seriously

    Set that alarm, drink that water, and get that workout in.

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    1. Resistance bands you won't have to worry about slipping or sliding with their anti-slip material. These are perf for squats and lunges for toning that 🍑.

    Promising review: "I love the fact that these are nonstick and don't bunch up or down in your workouts. A huge peeve of mine was when the rubber resistance band twirled up or down during an exercise. These stay on you, but don't stick to your body, giving a more comfortable workout and performance. They're also thick enough to keep steady on leg raises or kickbacks." —Giuseppe Valentino

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $12.98+ (available in three color packs).

    2. A smart hula hoop to bring you back to the middle school playground. Strengthen your core with this new and improved version that features a gravity ball with added weight., Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought a hula hoop before but it was not easy to use. I never turned it around until I bought this product. I use it every day, and the quality is reliable." —Karina Amaya

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in three colors).

    3. A gallon water bottle so you can ensure you're staying perfectly hydrated all day. I mean, who doesn't love some motivational phrases to get you to up your water intake?

    the blue and purple ombre water bottle

    Promising review: "I had been really struggling to hit my water goal each day, only managing it twice in all of June. But then I saw this beautiful ombre water bottle in a fitness group I'm a part of. I haven't missed my water goal since having it! Apparently the first-world problem of getting up to refill my water glass frequently throughout the day with cold, clean water from the kitchen was a serious barrier to my water intake. Having my daily goal (or most of it) with me at all times makes it so easy to make sure I'm drinking enough and I also use the goal times on the side to help keep me on track. The straw is removable and pops up when you open the hinged section of the lid. I loved it so much my boyfriend also got one and I've recommended it, and also seen it recommended by others several times, on the fitness boards. Highly recommend!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.59 (available in 18 colors).

    4. An adjustable stepping machine in case you're foregoing that gym membership but still want to do some sweet cardio from the comfort of your own home. This machine features resistance bands so you can give your calves a solid workout AND it's small enough to not take up much room in your living space.

    Reviewer steps on mini black stepping machine with white, gray, and pink sneakers

    Promising review: "I just received my stepper and it's super easy to assemble and it's sturdy. I tested it out and I am super excited for my first workout. This is the perfect machine; while we stay at home we can still work out and stay healthy. I highly recommend this mini stepper. Enjoy your workouts!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $42.25

    5. Nonslip headbands in a variety of colors that'll keep perspiration out of your eyes and your hair in place. These are also incredibly stretchy so you can skip the dreaded headband headaches.,

    Promising review: "LOVE!! These are awesome! I got them for running. I loved it as soon as I took it out of the package, the material is similar to stretchy tights and is very comfortable. It doesn’t compress or squeeze your head super tightly. There’s two rubber tracks on the inside that stretch with the fabric and keep it securely in place and the headband doesn’t slip off when you move or sweat. I have thick, fine hair so that may be a factor but usually that makes it more difficult for things to stay in my hair. There’s a mesh section in the middle to allow for heat to evaporate. The outside logo reflects bright lights." —anndobr

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $14.98 (also available in two-pack, four-pack, and five-pack).

    6. High-rise patterned leggings with a four-way stretch fabric that will be ideal for any kind of movement you may have on your schedule for the day.

    model wears black-and-white print high-rise leggings
    Rochelle Porter Design / Etsy

    Rochelle Porter Design is a small business based in Atlanta, Georgia, specializing in colorful activewear pieces. 

    Promising review: "Love these leggings! They stay put and everyone loves the pattern!" —Etsy Customer

    Get them from Rochelle Porter Design on Etsy for $58.65 (available in sizes 2X–6X).

    7. A downloadable fitness tracker that'll help you notate your water intake, exercise plans, and write down meals. You can get it printed or use it on your iPad!

    fitness planner tracker
    PlannerYXE / Etsy

    PlannerYXE is a small business located in Saskatoon, Canada. Their shop has a wide variety of downloadable trackers, logs, and planner pages. 

    Promising review: "Great planner/tracker. Just what I needed to stay accountable. Thank you!" —Jennifer Seigler

    Get it from PlannerYXE on Etsy for $1.85

    8. A short-sleeve top to get you feelin' cute while you get your sweat on. This has an open-tie back (major style points) and it's not super constricting like other tight workout tops.

    Promising review: "Wow, these tops absolutely blew my mind. They’re light, breathable, yet provide coverage. The open-back detail is very cute and I love the knotted detailing as well. I can literally wear these with any workout outfit and feel totally comfortable in it. If you’ve been debating on getting this, don’t! Totally worth every penny!" —Kaitlin

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 11 colors).

    9. Colorful high-waisted leggings because nothing will tell you to "stop snoozing that alarm" better than the cute workout set waiting for you. Listen — having stylish workout clothes def gets me in the mood to workout so something tells me it'll get you in the mood too.


    Splits59 is a small business based in LA, California, that offers super-chic workout gear and attire.

    These high waisted leggings feature fun pops of color on the side seams and are best for running, yoga, CrossFit, pilates, spin, and gym workouts.

    Get them from Splits59 for $128 (available in sizes XS–XL and three colors).

    10. An ab roller wheel to strengthen — yep you guessed it — abs. Use this handy lil' machine while you catch up on some solid TV shows. This is perf for any at-home worker-outers.

    model exercises on carpet with black ab roller wheel

    Promising review: "I have been looking for ways to work out at home. I saw this ab roller and decided to order it. OMG, it was very easy to assemble and within a few moments I was able to start rolling! I did as many reps as humanly possible the first time and I could feel the muscles going to work! The next day I went to use it and I could NOT because my ab muscles were so so sore (which was a good thing! It's working). My abs don't hurt just walking around, but when I go to do the ab roller, I can feel every single ab muscle I have!" —DH

    Get it from Amazon for $17.98

    11. A criss-cross sports bra that'll keep you feeling secure when you head out for a daily run or cycling class. It features removable pads so you can adjust to your perfect fit.,

    Promising review: "I love the design of the backs of this sports bra. I did burpees, jump squats, and jumping jacks and everything stayed in place! I also appreciated not having to dislocate my shoulder trying to take the sports bra off. It came off easily without the normal struggle of high-support bras that are so tight, you sometimes have to ask for help. After my workout, I immediately bought two more in different colors." —Jessica A. Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and nine colors).

    12. A matching set that's super stretchy and breathable for a morning meditation or yoga class. I'd truthfully wear this as a normal day-to-day 'fit because of how cute it is.


    Ju'Nae is a small business with an amazing selection of athleisure clothing.

    Promising review: "The material is great — comfortable, fits well, and good quality. The color is different. Shorts are sleek and cute too! I will be buying more!" —Cole

    Get the Honeydew set from Ju'Nae for $39.99 (available in sizes S–L).

    13. A folding exercise bike to replicate that adrenaline rush you get in the studio. All you need now is a killer playlist to go with it. It has an LCD display to let you know the distance, calories burned, and personal pulse updates so you can be in the know of how your workout is going. It folds up super easily when you're finished!

    Promising review: "I really wanted an exercise machine I could use at home for the days I don't make it to the gym. However, I also have a small apartment with limited floor and storage space. I love that this bike fits snugly against the wall when not in use without sacrificing comfort or sturdiness in order to be compact. It is quiet, smooth, tracks everything I want to track, has appropriate resistance, and still works great six months later." —Jamie Tanner

    Get it from Amazon for $116.60.

    14. A Fitbit Inspire 2 fitness tracker with a great battery life that can track a ton of different health stats. It can help you work to achieve daily step goals, keep track of calorie burning, and it can even track your sleep patterns. You'll also get Fitbit Premium (a one year trial with your tracker purchase) to assist with your fitness goals.

    reviewer wears pink Fitbit with daily steps, calories, and heart rate stats on display

    Promising review: "Overall, if you want something to help motivate you to get moving and develop better sleep habits, I think this is a great purchase. My battery usually lasts at least a week and charges pretty quickly. I didn't want a smartwatch or to overpay for the simple features I was interested in so the Inspire 2 was perfect for me!" —Morgan

    Get it from Amazon for $98.60+ (available in three colors). 

    15. Adjustable Bala Bangles — perfect for throwing on during a virtual dance class, on walks, or even during basic workouts to add a bit more resistance for more strength building. Each bracelet weighs one pound to help up your workout game.

    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    Just wrap them on your wrists or ankles for a little workout pick-me-up.

    BuzzFeed editor Elizabeth Lilly loves these bangles and said: "I've bought, used, and then promptly forgotten about wrist/ankle weights before but I ADORE these. They're really nice looking (as you can see) and I've never had trouble with them coming off my wrists or ankles during HIIT workouts." Read more of her Bala Bangles review (it's #7).

    Get them from Amazon for $49+ (available in two sizes and 13 colors).

    16. A pair of biker shorts that'll double as a workout and everyday outfit option. These come with pockets for keeping your phone or keys with you, and they're SOOOOO COMFY your workouts will be a breeze.,

    These are the only biker shorts I own and I probably own at least five pairs. They are such a steal for the price and keep me supported through workouts and even just as a great day-to-day short option. If you could see me, I'm giving these a standing ovation rn.

    Promising review: "These shorts are perfect. I trained for and completed an Ironman in these shorts. I have four pairs of them. They are great at wicking sweat, they stay in place, fit with a compression that keeps them fitted yet not uncomfortable, and the side pocket is absolutely perfect to keep your phone, ID, or snacks handy. Nothing has slid out of the side pockets." —Shannon McDougall

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–3X, four lengths, and 42 colors).

    17. A hydration belt so you can truly ~go the distance~ on each and every run or bike ride and not get dehydrated. Carrying a water bottle is not convenient but this belt is. You can also use it for storing your phone, small wallet, or keys., Amazon

    Promising review: "I wore this belt on a 13-mile run today and it is just what I needed! I filled up both water bottles, and the belt did bounce around a little at first and nearly rode up my waist, but after I tightened it all the way and drank some of the liquid, it didn't move much at all. I stored a baggie of snacks, my phone (without the case), and tissues in the front pouch, and was able to access everything while running relatively hassle free. Great purchase, well worth the money!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97+ (available in three sizes and six colors).

    18. An interactive Plankboard for a super-interactive workout regimen that'll focus on your core, legs, arms, and back. It'll basically be like having your own personal trainer (the best part, you don't have to go anywhere).

    Model balances on black interactive Plankboard

    Promising review: "I love it! The design is clean and simple. The games are basic, but still keep me in a plank longer than normal. I like the workout part, basically 30-second intervals of different exercises, you pick how many 30-second segments you want to do at a time. There is a daily challenge, too. I would be bored to tears after one 40-second regular plank, I do over six minutes plus at each session on this and you really feel it strengthening your core." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $119.

    19. A hot yoga towel to keep you from slipping during those sweat-filled classes. TBH, this is ideal just for regular yoga too...

    model arches back while practicing yoga on mat with gray hot yoga towel on top

    Promising review: "I love this yoga towel. It's thicker than some of my others, which I prefer. I think this is the reason it doesn't bunch up during my class. It stays perfectly smooth. I spray it with water before the start of class and, presto! It's perfect! I don't slip and I don't have to bother with towel bunching up under my hands or feet. Also, great quality and beautiful colors." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in three sizes and six colors).

    20. Or this patterned yoga mat that's super durable and grippy so you can stay grounded mentally and physically. This eco-friendly mat is made from high-quality natural rubber.

    Model carries rolled-up blue, yellow, and purple-patterned yoga mat in a black strap across their shoulder
    CultureFit Clothing

    CultureFit Clothing is a small business that specializes in high-performance activewear. From gorgeous yoga mats to moisture-wicking capris, you'll find so many pieces of clothing and equipment for your fitness routine. 

    Promising review: "This is the best yoga mat I have ever purchased! It's thick and durable with the most beautiful design. Definitely recommend to everyone!" —CultureFit Clothing Customer

    Get it from CultureFit Clothing for $89.99.

    21. A set of wireless headphones that are sweat resistant and perfect for any physical activities where you need a killer playlist with you.

    Emma McAnaw / BuzzFeed

    My colleague Emma McAnaw loves these headphones and said,

    "These Beats headphones have been a real game changer for me. The sound quality is SO MUCH better than my cheap headphones, which has actually really improved my experience while working out. I find it easier to stay motivated now that my music is *crystal clear* (and I can't hear myself wheezing)... They can hold a charge for a pretty long time, as long you always store them in their charging case. I usually use them for a full workday without needing to recharge them." —Emma McAnaw

    Read more of her Powerbeats Pro Wireless Headphones review (it's number four).

    Get them from Amazon for $199.95+ (available in eight colors).

    22. A set of slip-on, glow-in-the-dark LED bands in case you want to embark on doing physical activity outdoors before the sun comes up or after it goes down. These will keep you more visible to cars while you're out and about.


    Promising review: "I am a runner. I run after work and when it gets dark early I worry about traffic and other pedestrians. These bands are lightweight and extremely visible. The band can either be on with a solid light or flashing. I have found the flashing to be more visible. I like this product so much I have bought several for other family members and I will attach one to my arm and another to my leg. I would highly recommend for anyone running at night. The battery appears easy to change. I say appears because the battery that came with the unit is still going strong." —Siilverback

    Get a pair from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 10 colors).

    23. And an LED light beanie that is USB chargeable that you can wear for nightly runs to ensure you're seeing exactly where you're going, and oncoming vehicles can see you.

    Person wearing LED light beanie

    Promising review: "Hat is very comfortable, breathable. I tend to sweat wearing any hats and the fabric doesn’t do that for me. The light is really bright and haven’t found a reason to use it yet but it’s great to know if I need it, it’s there. I will update in the future if there’s more to say. Get it. Price is a steal." —Andrew Newhook

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in 16 colors).

    24. A pack of dumbbell exercise cards you'll enjoy flipping through to switch up at-home exercises during each session.

    Amazon, Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "I bought these to get some new ideas to mix up my gym routine. I got a lot of new ideas from these cards. Some were reminders of ones I already know, but there are a bunch of really interesting ones that I've been mixing in. The countless combinations you can create is making my workouts more fun and motivating." —Paisley

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in three volumes).

    25. A check-back racer crop top so if you're running behind on time, you can still feel chic heading to the grocery store post gym sesh. I'm gonna need this set stat.


    Nagnata is an family-owned small business that's based in Australia. Sisters Laura May and Hannah are on a mission to minimize the wasting of raw materials through sustainable designs that can work from studio to street.

    The top is fully lined and is temperature regulating!

    Get it from Nagnata for $155.36 (available in sizes XS/S and M/L and six colors).

    26. A Tribit StormBox portable speaker because it's attachable to a slew of items like bike handlebars, backpacks, an exercise machine, or a shower. This waterproof and dustproof speaker is crazy durable so you can take it literally anywhere.

    Tribit speaker on bike handle

    Promising review: "Tribit StormBox does indeed live up to its name. The power-packed speaker boasts of an incredible design along with a strap that can be used to attached it to almost anywhere. It goes well with my bag or table or the fan stand. The sound quality is so top notch that I stopped using my TV speakers and connected to Tribit StormBox for the sound! The charge stays for a great deal of time in terms of battery life and the sound quality is top notch. Had no issues with the Bluetooth connectivity. It connects like a charm." —Sebin Pullukatt

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in three colors).

    27. A dumbbell rack so you can keep all of your weights in one easy-to-grab spot.

    Amazon / Via, Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "This is a great holder for my weights. I have five sets of barbells. They were all over in the floor in the way. Now they are neatly in the corner. This stand is heavy duty and sturdy! I put it together myself!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $57.88+ (available in eight colors).

    28. A speed jump rope if you're looking to switch up your cardio from running or walking to something a bit more fun. Don't have space for clunky cardio machines? No problem — get this jump rope, it'll take up little to no room.

    Amazon, Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "I purchased this rope being new to CrossFit-style workouts and looking to improve on my single under skills with the hopes of working up to double unders. I'm no expert (have not picked up a jump rope since elementary school), but I love having a rope at home to practice with that I can size to my needs. This feels like a quality product and I prefer it to the ones available at my gym." —Tiffany

    Get it from Amazon for $13.64 (available in nine colors).

    29. A stretch-out strap because it's V important to stretch before and after your workouts to ensure you're warmed up or cooled down so your muscles don't tense up.

    person stretching their right leg by gripping a green fabric strap around their foot
    Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "I’m a very inflexible runner and this strap has definitely been very helpful in increasing my mobility, stability, balance. I would recommend for anyone wishing to become more flexible athletes. Stretching regularly has reduced my injuries tenfold." —Mike

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    30. An anti-chafe balm so running can be a breeze and less painful. Sometimes, it's too dang hot for leggings, but, wearing shorts just = massive chafe city. Swipe this guy on before you head out on your jog and you'll be wondering how you've lived all this time without it before now.

    Amazon / Via, Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "I run over 40 miles a week where it's awfully hot and humid, so I sweat a ton and everything chafes. I started getting really badly irritated spots where my shorts and skin had contact. This product is great. I have no more irritation and the added ingredients really help keep my skin soft and healthy." —Lorraine

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    31. A FlipBelt if you want a secure way to keep must-haves on you while you're away from home. It features four pockets so you can keep all the things you may need while you're out on your run — aka, your phone, keys, mask, and credit cards.

    Amazon, Amazon / Via

    It's also reflective so oncoming folks and vehicles can see you AND it's machine washable!

    Promising review: "Love my FlipBelt. It fits my iPhone 7 that has an OtterBox on it, and did not budge once during my 6-mile run. At the 4-mile mark, I even tried adjusting it because I thought there's no way this thing is staying in place so well, and it was still in the exact same spot as when I started my run. I also noticed I was able to run faster than usual and I think it's because I was concentrating on holding my phone with its massive case on it. If you're in between sizes, I suggest going a size down. Can't wait to wear this for my upcoming half-marathons in the fall!" —kel07

    Get it from Amazon for $22.43+ (available in XXS–XXL and 11 colors).

    32. A water-resistant armband because no one wants to crack their phone screen (or carry it for that matter) while trying to get their ~exercise on~.

    Reviewer wears light blue armband while running a marathon
    Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "My first time wearing this was for my first half-marathon and it worked great. I have an iPhone 7 and the case has openings for all different jacks on the side and center of the phone. The screen protector allows you to use the touchscreen and the band was great and held tight. I absolutely love it and can't wait to use it for trail runs as the weather gets better!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.98 (available in 11 colors and three sizes, and it's designed for multiple phone models).

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